Friday, February 22, 2019

First Quarter Decisions

With the strong economy seemingly back on track, there have been fewer new distressed M&A opportunities in the printing and graphic communications industries. Historically, the first quarter has been a peak time because family business owners of companies that are financially “treading water” come back from holidays with spousal/sibling support for “doing something.” As the year-end financial reports are wrapped up, and with family encouragement fresh in mind, owners of challenged companies evaluate strategic options such as putting the business up for sale, or finally accepting the lunch date from the competitor down the street. 

Not sure if the current quiet environment for acquiring challenged competitors is an aberration from long term trend, or the lull before the storm if the economy begins to wobble.

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